Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


SFWU and parties call for fisheries inquiry

SFWU, Maori Party, Labour and Greens to call for fishing industry inquiry

The Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota will be launching a petition tomorrow [Tuesday 18 May, 9am] in Nelson, calling for an inquiry into aspects of the New Zealand Fishing Industry.

The petition, which has the support of the Maori Party, the Labour Party and the Green Party calls on the House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry into the New Zealand Fishing Industry's relationship with foreign fishing companies, foreign crewing of Joint Ventures, chartered and New Zealand fishing vessels, and its effects on sustainable fishing practices, employment, and the relevant communities within New Zealand.

"At present there is a lot of resentment towards some of the big fishing companies due to the callous, uncaring and disrespectful attitude shown to their employees and other New Zealand Companies who are being pushed out of the industry in favor of Foreign interests," says SFWU Assistant National Secretary Neville Donaldson.

"In the last three years over 1500 workers employed on land and at sea have lost their jobs in the Seafood industry in New Zealand, with treats of even more redundancies still to come yet, this in an industry that promised to create employment for New Zealand workers,"

The Service and Food Workers Union says this loss of employment has been the result of companies looking simply at the dollar returns on their quota without a second thought for the workers who have been sacked or the corporate social responsibility that goes hand in hand with the privilege of harvesting their quota in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (NZEEZ).

New Zealand workers are currently being replaced by foreign workers employed on the minimum wage, but the fishing industry have called on the Government to remove the requirement to pay minimum wage in future to foreign workers.

"This is appalling. Nobody should be employed on less than the minimum rates in the fishing industry quoted in the code of practice in International crew co-operation." says Neville Donaldson.

"This is an industry which also fails to show that its fishing practices are sustainable and creditable internationally which in turn has the potential to undermine product value and the reputation of New Zealand as a creditable provider of seafood."

"We call upon the House of Representatives to carry out a full inquiry and ensure that all concerns are properly reviewed and that New Zealand companies are acting appropriately in relation to sustainable fishing practices, achieving the highest possible returns on product in the International market place, meeting corporate social responsibility obligations, and consolidating and or creating employment opportunities for New Zealand workers."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Land, Air & Sea: Regions To Benefit From NZ Upgrade

Regional New Zealand will be a hive of activity in the coming months as the New Zealand Upgrade Programme delivers on its promise to modernise our infrastructure, prepare for climate change and help grow our economy. As part of the $12 billion NZ Upgrade Programme announced by the Government last month, $300 million was allocated for capital projects in regional New Zealand.
The first package of regional projects – worth about $190 million – has been announced by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones at an infrastructure seminar today... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Donations Scandals

By now, it seems crystal clear that something is deeply amiss with the way that New Zealand political parties solicit, receive and report their funding. Evidently, the nominal threshold of $15,000 that requires public disclosure of the donation ... More>>


New Zealand Government: Action On Fuel Market Competition

The Government has released a comprehensive response to ensuring New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump. This follows the Commerce Commission fuel market ... More>>


Child Poverty: 18,400 Children Lifted Out Of Poverty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed new reporting showing the Coalition Government is on track to meet its child poverty targets, with 18,400 children lifted out of poverty as a result of the Families Package... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Our Unreal Optimism About Coronavirus

At this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, PM Jacinda Ardern was resolutely upbeat that business with China would soon bounce back to normal – better than ever, even - once the coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control. To Ardern, ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels